Health hazards such as skin irritants, respiratory sensitisers, carcinogens, mutagens or reproductive toxins have an adverse health effect when the worker is exposed to such chemicals via inhalation, skin contact and ingestion.
Safety hazards generally result from the physical or chemical properties, like flammability, corrosiveness, oxidising agents or their explosive potential. Storage of certain types of hazardous chemicals e.g. LPG (flammable gas), Class 3 (flammable liquids), Class 6 (toxic substances) and Class 8 (corrosives) may require a licence from the governing authority.
The businesses are required to manage the risks associated with the use, handling, labelling and storage of hazardous chemicals at their workplaces. A register of hazardous chemicals at the workplace must be prepared and must be readily accessible to workers who work or likely to come in contact with hazardous chemicals.
Regular assessment and review of a hazardous chemical management system, including chemical Safety Data Sheets (SDS), is critical for businesses who store, use and dispose of hazardous chemicals.
OHERM can undertake Hazardous Chemical Storage compliance audits to assess if the workplace is in compliance with relevant regulatory framework and Australian Standards.
Contact OHERM to discuss hazardous chemicals management for your workplace.